A study carried out by WaterSafe, the national plumbing assurance scheme, reveals that 68% of respondents have delayed vital maintenance work on their properties for at least a year.
Fifty percent of respondents admitted they would put off fixing any faulty work within the home.
WaterSafe director Julie Spinks said: “The results are very concerning. As the economy gradually picks up, it is easy to see why homeowners would prefer to spend their limited spare cash on treating themselves. However, safety in the home and addressing essential maintenance should be a priority and cannot be compromised.
“If a plumbing issue, for example, is left unattended, homeowners not only run the risk of unsafe water posing a danger to their family but the issue could escalate, leading to thousands of pounds in essential repair work.
“Our message is simple: always address any plumbing issues straightaway by calling in a professional plumber who is properly qualified.”